Monday, August 29, 2011

The Latest Information about Autumn Offerings

Dear Greenwood Tree Community,

It's just three weeks until our Autumn Season begins! This Season brings new additions to our Cooperative, including our new teacher Cassanda Schuler, as well as a Spanish Enrichment Program. 

We look forward to seeing our enrolled families at our Open House & Orientation, which will take place on September 7 from 5 pm – 7:30 pm at the Skagit Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall, behind the Post Office in down town Mount Vernon.

Enrollment & Availability
We currently have a few spaces left in our programs. Please email for more details on class availability. 
Rhythm for the Season

Seedlings 2:
            9:00 am - 12:00 pm (Spanish included) 
Seedlings 1 Enrichment:   
12:00 -1:00 pm (Spanish 12:00-12:30/Movement 12:30-1)
12:15 - 4:00 pm     

Saplings Spanish Enrichment:         
12:30 - 1:30 pm 
Seedlings 1:                      
9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Root Children
10:00 am - 12:00 pm      
Seedlings 2:
9:00 - 11:30 am

Root Children
9:30 - 11:30 am

12:30 - 4:00 pm

Program Fees & Tuition

Sibling Discount!
This year we are pleased to offer a 20% discount on tuition for additional children from a family enrolled at Greenwood Tree.
Invoicing: Enrolled families will receive an invoice prior to September 1st with their program costs. Tuition is due for Autumn season on September 7th.

In addition to the program offerings, tuition covers the costs of Parent Education Nights, which will be held monthly beginning in October, and seasonal Festivals.

Please contact Britt Shellenberger, Treasurer, at 360.510.9222 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            360.510.9222      end_of_the_skype_highlighting or, if you have questions or would like to set up a monthly payment plan. 

Annual Fees For Each Family
Yearly Greenwood Tree Registration Fee: $50
Yearly Co-op Membership Fee: $9.50 per child
Yearly Insurance Fee: $7 per child 

Yearly supporting adult insurance (1 per family): $7

Tuition for each 12-Week Season in the 2011-2012 Year
Root Children                                    
$135 per season

Seedlings 1                                        
 $225 per season 
*$285 with Spanish Enrichment

Seedlings 2                                        
$330 per season

Saplings (Friday only)                        
$260 per season 
*$320 with Spanish Enrichment on Wednesday

Saplings 2 days                                 
$380 per season
Note: Please remember that families will be billed $10 per hour for each of the three volunteer hours not completed per Season. There will be ample opportunity to achieve volunteer hours – sign up will take place at our Open House & Orientation on September 7th.

Spanish Enrichment Program
We are pleased to announce that Shelley Schoenberger, a certified Spanish teacher, will offer a Spanish enrichment program for the Seedlings and Saplings classes. The program will be offered for all students on Wednesdays. Please see the detailed schedules for times and information. 

We know that a language enrichment program is something that many members of the community were seeking and we are so pleased Shelley will be able to offer it this year.

More Details Regarding the Saplings Offerings
We are excited to offer a one or two day option for our Sapling students. The two-day program meets Wednesday and Friday from 12:15 – 4:00 pm. The one day program meets on Friday from 12:30 – 4:00 pm.
The program features in-depth study for the main lesson on Wednesday with experiential work on Friday. This allows for students who attend the one-day program to easily join the activities that began on Wednesday. Activities will follow the rhythms of the Seasons and include festivals traditionally recognized in Waldorf. Each Season focuses on a theme(s) that includes language arts and science. The topics are introduced and taught in a way that allows students of varying ages and abilities to learn and have fun, and include the creation of a main lesson book. 

Wednesday - The students meet with Cassandra for circle, story and sharing. Then they transition into a one-hour Spanish block with Shelley. This is an academic block, with the creation of a main lesson book, offering fun and learning for children of varying Spanish levels. Wednesday will also include a half hour movement session and the main lesson block.

Friday - Cassandra will be our main teacher for Friday. The day begins with circle, story, and sharing. The students will move into an experiential aspect of Wednesday's main lesson. Watercolor, form drawing, outdoor cooperative games and an ongoing lesson book will be the focus of the Friday class. Field trips and volunteer projects will also happen on Friday. 

Homeschooling Support Offered via Earthschooling Curriculum
In planning our curriculum offerings, Cassandra will use some of the resources provided by the Earthschooling-Waldorf website (, which currently offers Waldorf curriculum, crafts, music and parent/teacher resources for ages 18 months - eighth grade.

In support of our families, the Greenwood Tree Board coordinated with Earthschooling to purchase cooperative group memberships that provide Lifetime access to all materials (current and any added) on the Earthschooling-Waldorf site.
We still have a few memberships available for purchase at a cost of $60. If you were to purchase the membership as an individual the current cost would be $525. If you are interested in purchasing a membership to support your home efforts, please contact the Greenwood Tree Board at for information on how to purchase. 

In Closing
The Greenwood Tree Board and Teachers are so looking forward to sharing the upcoming school year with you and your families. We are excited about our offerings and are working hard to meet the needs of our community – thank you for your excitement and commitment to this Cooperative!

As always, please contact us with questions or for more information. 

The Greenwood Tree Board, Resource Council & Teacher

Laurel, MaryAnn, Nancylee, Shelley, Britt, Kathryn, Shanna, Lara & Cassandra

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